Court orders opening of private schools offices by 20th

LAHORE :18 April:The Lahore High Court Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan on Friday directed the Punjab government to issue notification regarding temporarily opening of offices of private schools during the coronavirus lockdown. The chief justice was hearing a petition by the private schools seeking permission to open their offices so that they could pay salaries to teachers and staff. They said the salaries of last month had not been paid to the staff so far due to the lockdown. On Thursday, CJ Khan had directed the provincial law officer to ensure the authority concerned to resolve the dispute within a day. As hearing resumed on Friday, Secretary Education told the court that a committee had been formed to calk out measures for opening of school offices. The CJ chided him and remarked that he took 10 days to constitute a committee. "You don't have fear of Allah, the poor teachers and staff have been living without salaries for two months. More people will die of hunger than Coronavirus due to inability of government officials, he added. The CJ expressed dismay over secretary education's performance and observed that why could not he draft a four-line standard operating procedure by his own. It seemed that officials did not have intent to work and resolve people's problems. He went on to say that if salaries were not paid to teachers and staff the government should pay them Rs12,000 each from ongoing scheme for the poor. After hearing arguments at length, Chief Justice Khan directed secretary education to take a decision and issue notification regarding temporarily opening of school offices by April 20.The news.

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